Saturday, February 20, 2016

Soft Seedy Breakfast Bar {ReDux}

It felt like this month's theme Break Out of Breakfast Boredom was right on point for me. I've been playing around with a few different breakfast just for fun and to see what our daughter would like. I had tried a few bars, so that was an easy choice for my recipe. I was inspired by a Canadian lentils/Pulse Canada kid recipe as well as ones from the lean green bean and Oh She Glows.

I wasn't feeling bored with breakfast, but I typically like to try different ideas to discover new favourites, have recommendations for others, and just because I enjoy spending time in the kitchen. I do love breakfast as well!

The Redux theme description we were challenged with was: Cooks aren’t always pressed for time in the mornings – they just need new ideas. Think mug cakes, smoothie bowls, breakfast cookies and more. Show us the healthy way you wake up your breakfast – or wake up just for breakfast!

I like breakfast to be nutritionally dense and usually include some kind of protein and fruit with mine. Our daughter hasn't tried many nuts and seeds yet due to her lack of teeth, so I thought a soft breakfast bar would be a good place to start. I even worked on these first thing in the morning during the week.

Soft Seedy Breakfast Bar
Makes 12 bars

1 1/2 cups rolled oats (I used large flake)
2 Tbsp hemp hearts/seeds
2 Tbsp chia seed
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 ripe bananas (about 1 cup), mashed
1/2 cup cooked red lentils
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Line a rectangular pan (I used a 7" x 11" one) with parchment paper. 
3. In a large bowl combine oats, seeds, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine lentils and bananas, set aside. 
4. Melt peanut butter and honey in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth and softened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
5. Combine oat and seed mixture with lentil mixture. Slowly stir in peanut butter/honey until well combined. 
6. Spread in pan and press firmly. Bake for 20-25 minutes until starting to look golden brown. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars. 


I was surprised how soft the bars stayed. They're not overly sweet and our little one seems to enjoy them too.

Happy Sunday and enjoy your breakfast! Don't forget to check out the links below for more ideas/recipes.

Steph Langdon, RD

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